[R] Cannot quit R - fame package issue?

From: Dan Slayback <dan.slayback_at_nasa.gov>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 16:12:30 -0500

Hello list member:

I've recently had a problem in that I'm unable to quit an R Session. I noticed this after the update to 2.8.0, but I believe I also noticed it on another machine, in the previous version. It occurs on both linux and Mac platforms. It only occurs when I start R in some particular workspaces that have alot of objects in them; it does not occur if I start R in an empty workspace. I dont have to do anything in the workspace after starting R to get this to occur, and no packages are loaded by default. Here's a summary from a Linux environment:

$ R

R version 2.8.0 (2008-10-20)
Copyright (C) 2008 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing ISBN 3-900051-07-0 R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions. Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details.

  Natural language support but running in an English locale

R is a collaborative project with many contributors. Type 'contributors()' for more information and 'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications.

Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for on-line help, or 'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help. Type 'q()' to quit R.

[Previously saved workspace restored]

> search()

[1] ".GlobalEnv"        "package:stats"     "package:graphics"
[4] "package:grDevices" "package:utils"     "package:datasets"
[7] "package:methods"   "Autoloads"         "package:base"    

> q()

Save workspace image? [y/n/c]: n
Error in .Last() : could not find function "validServerIsRunning"
> .Last

function ()

    if (exists("fameRunning") && fameRunning())

    if (validServerIsRunning())

<environment: namespace:fame>

As the .Last function is referring to the fame package, I figure it must be something to do with that. There are objects in the workspace that require fame to be loaded, but at this point, I have not loaded the fame package, or accessed those objects. If loaded, the same error occurs when trying to quit.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this.


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